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The Rise Of Urban Agriculture

August 31, 2016
Christine Brown-Paul

Welcome to this new look issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses. We hope you like the new, refreshed design – thanks go to our new designer, Steve Harrison who has done a sterling job in giving PH&G an attractive makeover (Steve worked for the magazine about 15 years ago). And on the subject of changes, I’ll be sitting in the editor’s chair while our trusty editor Steven Carruthers takes a long overdue and well-deserved break. Let me take this opportunity of saying hello to all our loyal readers and of course to new ones – many of you might recognise my byline, as I’ve been writing for the magazine for many years. Read More »

Should I use twin skins if building a polythene greenhouse?

August 31, 2016
Twin skin greenhouse

I am considering building a single span poly house to grow speciality cucumbers. I have a friend who says twin skins are essential if I plan to heat the greenhouse, but others warn that the twin skin loses light. What do you recommend?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »

Top End Greening

August 31, 2016
Hydroponic garlic seedlings

In the centre of Katherine in Australia’s Northern Territory, a hydroponic greenhouse has started growing green leafy vegetables and herbs.

By Christine Brown-Paul

Lying 320 kilometres southeast of Darwin, just below the “Top End”, Katherine is the fourth largest settlement in the Northern Territory. The township began as an outpost established with the Australian Overland Telegraph Line on the North-South transport route between Darwin and Adelaide. Read More »

Bushfire season start may be delayed, but fuel loads likely to be higher

August 31, 2016
Climate Media Centre

Firefighters and farmers are among those bracing themselves for the next bushfire season. Today, the Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC released its outlook for southern Australia’s 2016 bushfire season. It predicts that in many parts of Australia the start of the bushfire season may be delayed due to higher levels of rainfall throughout spring, but that fuel loads are also likely to increase as a result. Read More »

AUSVEG and PMA-ANZ combine forces to host joint industry event in 2017

August 30, 2016
AUSVEG Convention 2016

AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA-ANZ) will unite to deliver a joint industry conference and trade show in 2017, marking an historic partnership between two of horticulture’s leading organisations. The event will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre at a date to be confirmed in May or June. The Memorandum of Understanding between AUSVEG and PMA-ANZ will effectively combine two of the industry’s biggest conventions to provide growers and whole-of-supply-chain companies and organisations with the most significant horticulture event in the Australasian region. Read More »

Australians take fresh approach to vegetable shopping

August 25, 2016
AUSVEG Convention 2016

Australian shopping habits are changing rapidly to accommodate busier, more time-poor lifestyles, with new research suggesting that consumers’ fresh vegetable purchasing patterns are shifting dramatically away from having a routine towards making on-the-spot decisions. The latest findings from Project Harvest, a consumer research study commissioned by Horticulture Innovation Australia, show that the proportion of Australians who purchase the same fresh vegetables every shopping trip as part of their routine has nearly halved – from 59% down to 30%. Read More »

Have your say to help shape a better imported food system

August 22, 2016
Barnaby Joyce

To avoid a repeat of the 2015 imported frozen berries incident the Coalition is introducing a new food safety system, with importers and other stakeholders now able to have their say on the potential business impacts of a range of proposed changes. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce said today’s release of a consultation Regulation Impact Statement for public comment will help strengthen Australia’s imported food safety system. Read More »